Good morning! Happy Sunday.โ›ช Next Sunday is Winnie the Pooh Day.๐Ÿฏ Freezing drizzle and 31 degrees in Westerlo. There is a north breeze at 9 mph. The skies will clear tomorrow around 9 am.

๐Ÿ’ฎOnly 37 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!๐Ÿ’ฎ

Today will have some freezing rain before noon, then rain.๐ŸŒง Areas of fog between noon and 3pm. High of 39 degrees at 5pm. Six degrees above normal. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 34 degrees. The record high of 59 was set in 1981. 9.6 inches of snow fell back in 1933.

The sun will set at 5:23 pm with dusk around 5:52 pm, which is one minute and 18 seconds later than yesterday.โ˜ At sunset, look for cloudy conditions and 39 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph. Today will have 10 hours and 26 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 37 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain between 9pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 28 degrees at 6am.โ˜ 11 degrees above normal. South wind 7 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2017, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 23 degrees. The record low of -16 occurred back in 1979.

So yesterday, I figured out why the Arduino Nano kept crashing and refusing to operate the MAX7219 module like the Arduino Uno did. It turns out the Nano, at least the clone I have, doesn’t like voltage to be inputed via VIN pin if you are only supplying it with 5 volts. The linear voltage regulator doesn’t automatically switch to a direct connection like the Uno. So the voltage was dropping too lower for the microcontroller, as the voltage from the USB power adapter dropped as the LED display started demanding higher amounts of current. I guess this also happened with the Uno too but it took a bigger drop in voltage for it to crash/shut-off. At least that appears like the problem. This time when I rebuild the case, I’m going to cut out the cracked part and make it smaller (as the Nano is smaller), and glue it and make sure the glue is fully set before putting components in there and having them accidentally stick.

I told myself I would not order any more electronic components, until I discovered I needed a few more pin headers for a project I was working on. So I broke down and bought them. But I am not buying anything further,โšก until I have used up and built out all the projects I’m doing now. I promise. Even though most components I’ve bought are under $10, after a while that shit adds up. But at any rate, I’m saving money by not traveling much this winter, although my heating bills have been relatively high because it’s been a cold winter.๐Ÿ”ฆ $95 in electric and gas last month, once again. Ouch. But now my electronics toolbox should be very well equiped for the basic projects i’m building, assuming the big bags of cheap basic electronics components I ordered from China arrive.

Other then that, with the freezing rain๐ŸŒง I’m going to stay home for now, ๐Ÿ although later on I’ll probably head down to the library to upload some stuff to the blog. ๐Ÿ“š I’ve gotten a lot of new maps done. Then I will have to go out shopping for groceries later on. Mostly just stuff for lunch although I’ll also want to pick up some shredded cheese, pasta sauce and a few other things. My goal is to make it out of the grocery store with less then $40 in damage to my checking. Even though I did take home a fair bit more last week thanks to the Trump Tax Cut, but a lot of that money is going away going forward, as I’m putting it in savings.

As previously noted, next Sunday is Winnie the Pooh Day๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ when the sun will be setting at 5:32 pm with dusk at 6:01 pm. On that day in 2017, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 52 and 18 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 35 degrees. We hit a record high of 63 back in 1981.

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